It seems it is hard to outsmart Mother Nature, as fooling the brain into thinking it is getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on the body’s metabolism. Artificial sweeteners disrupt the normal hormonal and neurological signals that control hunger and satiety (feeling full). A study of rats that were fed artificially sweetened food showed that their metabolism slowed down, and they were triggered to consume more calories and gain more weight than rats fed sugar.
In another alarming study, rats offered the choice of cocaine or artificial sweeteners always picked the artificial sweeteners, even if the rats were previously programmed to be cocaine addicts. The author of the study said that, “(t)he absolute preference for taste sweeteners may lead to a re-ordering in the hierarchy of potentially addictive stimuli, with sweetened diets…taking precedence over cocaine and possibly other drugs of abuse.”
The use of artificial sweeteners, as well as “food porn,” the sexy experience of sweet, fat and salt in your mouth, alters food preferences. The palate shifts from being able to enjoy fruits and vegetables and whole foods to liking only the “sexy stuff.”Hormones and Your Health
From the February 28, 2012, Prepared Foods’ Daily News